End of September Harvest

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My garden is suffering from a bad case of neglect.  Between the heat from August and the fact that it is way more fun to harvest vegetables then weeding and pruning, the garden has seen better days.

It is getting close to the end of the season for me.  This is the time of year I start to kick myself for not planting winter greens.  My lettuce is all gone but I still have kale and swiss chard going.  Aside from greens there isn’t much left.  I will only get some small harvests of squash, peppers, ground cherries, and a few straggler cherry tomatoes.

Today I had a nice little harvest.  It will probably be the largest harvest I have left.  I pulled all the rest of the pumpkins going and the last few cucumbers including three lemon cukes.  This is what I harvested exactly…

  • Tomatoes (Roma, Jet Star, White Wonder, Sun Gold) – 1.5 lbs total
  • Cucumbers (Marketmore, Lemon) – 1.75 lbs total
  • Green Bell Peppers (Northstar) – 2.5 lbs total
  • Summer Squash (Golden Zucchini, Crookneck, Zephyr) 4.75 lbs total
  • Pumpkins (Sugar Pie) – 3 lbs total
  • Eggplant (Fairytale) – 1/4 lb total
  • Poblano Peppers – 2.25 lbs total
  • Jalapeno Peppers – 3/4 lb total
  • Cayenne Peppers – 1/2 lb total

17.25 lbs of vegetables on the counter.  Now I have to do something with all this stuff.

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Sugar Pie Pumpkin hanging off my old wood ladder trellis.

The pumpkins will get seeds removed and roasted for a snack.  The pumpkin pulp will get roasted and pureed and frozen to use in pumpkin related recipes this winter.

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Crookneck Squash about to be harvested

I will keep a few squashes stashed in the fridge to use this week.  The rest will get shredded on a cheese grater, have the water squeezed out of them in a kitchen towel and get frozen in 3 cups bags.  Three cups being the perfect amount for a zucchini cake recipe!

cucumber

Marketmore cucumber begging to be eaten

The cukes are past their prime.  The lemon cucumbers were left over ones I missed a week ago.  When they get like this I usually top them and scoop out the seeds and pulp and sprinkle salt and pepper into the little cuke bowls.  It holds tuna fish well or Norah will just eat it straight.

fairytale eggplant

Fairytale Eggplant

I plan to just roast and eat the eggplant.  I have yet to experiment much with eggplants. I said “This will be the year!” (it wasn’t)

Jalapeno

Jalapeno peppers ready to spice things up.

I have already dehydrated a good amount of Jalapeno’s this year.  I have been eyeing a Jalapeno Jelly recipe and a Jalapeno Pickle recipe.  Hopefully I will get around to trying one or both of those with these bad boys.

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Poblano Peppers 

I am going to save a few of these for salads and a breakfast scramble.  The rest I will split between freezing and drying.

green pepper

Green Peppers bouncing back

I thought my green peppers were done three weeks ago.  The peppers looked awful, I had to pick and dispose of a bunch of them. Fast forward to now and they have bounced back and are thriving.  I will keep 3-4 of these to use in salads this week.  The rest will get diced and frozen.  I don’t bother blanching peppers just into a freezer bag and into the freezer.  I can dump the frozen peppers straight into soups or stir fries all winter.

The cayenne’s will get dried to in Cayenne Powder.  The tomatoes will get eaten fresh and in salads. I already have 2 quarts of dried Sun Gold tomatoes put up.

golden zucchini

Golden Zucchini still going strong in the last week of September in Maine.

It was a bittersweet morning of harvesting veggies.  The garden is almost done for the year.  It won’t be long before the ground has snow on it and I start the 5 month wait to get my hands in the garden again.  Luckily I have lots of garden goodies stored away for the winter!

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Jeff McIntosh

About Jeff McIntosh

Jeff's family lives in his childhood home on a 1/4 acre in town lot. Despite the small space to work with, they have challenged ourselves to produce as much of our own food as possible — and cook it! They document their journey at Blogging with Apples.